The Chatter: Sen. Rand Paul did not transfer $250K to RPK; GOP columnist calls for Paul to drop out

08/19/2015 03:17 PM

Despite telling the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee that he had already transferred $250,000 to the party to pay for a presidential caucus, it turns out U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has not sent that money.

The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman first reported the mix-up between the letter and what Paul’s camp has done on Tuesday.

The $250,000 has not been transferred to the Republican Party, but aides to Paul say it has been set aside in a separate account that will be transferred to the party once the caucus is approved.

The 350 members of the RPK central committee will meet in Frankfort on Saturday to decide if the caucus will be put in place. Paul is seeking the caucus so he can run for president while he defends his U.S. Senate seat in 2016.

A Kentucky statute says a candidate can only appear on the ballot once.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Justin Barasky told Pure Politics that “no matter how Paul games the system,” they intend to let Kentuckians know Paul used re-election as a “consultation prize.”

The DSCC said they plan to be involved in the U.S. Senate campaign in 2016 and feel that they will have a “competitive race” against Paul. So far, no Democrat has stepped forward to mount a campaign as most of the state’s political oxygen is being spent watching the 2015 gubernatorial election.

Paul’s Senate campaign declined to comment on the comments from DSCC.

Conservative columnist calls for Paul to drop out of presidential race

WDRB-TV columnist John David Dyche is calling on Rand Paul to drop out of the presidential race in a column first published Monday.

Dyche, who authored U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s biography, eviscerates Paul in the column.

Let’s be honest: Nobody still believes U.S. Senator Rand Paul can win the Republican presidential nomination.

Paul either should get out of the presidential race right now and focus on winning reelection to the Senate, or forsake a Senate bid so Republicans can run a full-time candidate focused on retaining that important seat.

Dyche writes that Kentucky Republicans will respect Paul for “doing the right thing.”


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